Children’s Privacy: TikTok fined £12.7M for use of UK children’s data

TikTok which has been raising alarms in many countries over its data handling has just been fined £12.7 million by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Charges include that they allowed millions of underage UK children to use their platform without parental or caregiver consent, and that they failed to properly protect children’s data.

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